Warlord Pike and Shotte Epic Battles: the cavalry sprue
As a follow up to my review of Warlord's Epic P&S foot sprue here's my thoughts on the cavalry sprue that came with the latest (April) edition of Wargames Illustrated.
|April's WI: the Epic cover art reminds me of the Letraset style action picture scenes of the 1970s|
|The saker as it arrives on the sprue - very different to how it is advertised on the Warlord website. This isn't a thin layer of flash, this is full thickness moulded infill. The middle of the carriage needs cutting out|
|That's a bit better, still needs a bit of a tidy up and some greenstuff carriage metalwork adding|
A note on C17th artillery pieces: the names saker, falconet, culverin, cannon, and countless others refers to the size of cannonball that they fire. This is not like Napoleonic times when a 12pdr looks like a 12 pdr, there is no standardisation of what pieces looked like (other than items from a specific foundry would have the same sized barrels).
|With a Peter Pig dragoon for comparison|
|With a Peter Pig cuirassier for comparison|
|l-r Naismith on Peter Pig, Steel Fist, Epic, Peter Pig|
I had a lot of hope for this sprue, mostly riding on my positive view of the infantry sprue, but I must confess that I am a little disappointed. The absence of detail of the front and backs of the riders is the deal breaker. If I was looking at creating armies using Epic I think I'd give the cavalry box a miss and purchase dragoons, horse and artillery train from either Peter Pig and/or Steel Fist.
|Oopsies, missed the stirrups!|